A crown, sometimes called a “cap”, is a type of dental restoration which completely encircles a tooth. The procedure can be performed by a general dentist or prosthodontist. A crown is also used to restore dental implants. A crown can be made from a variety of materials such as gold, precious metals, porcelain, and other tooth colored materials. At least two appointments are needed to fabricate a crown. The first appointment usually involves preparing the tooth, taking dental impressions, and making a temporary crown to wear while the crown is being fabricated at the lab. The second appointment is usually about 2-3 weeks after the initial appointment. During the second appointment, the dentist “tries in” the crown, checks the color/shade of the crown, checks the bite, and makes any needed minor adjustments to the crown. The final step at that appointment is cementing the crown into the mouth.